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Cape Gull

Cape Gull
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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5 - 6.3 DC OS
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-08-02 5:00
Viewed: 2619
Points: 14
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Photo taken in Mossel Bay

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus dominicanus occurs along the coasts of South America, New Zealand, Australia and many islands in the Southern Ocean. The subspecies found along the southern African coastline, L. d. vetula, is currently thought to be sufficiently different from the nominate race that it ought to be regarded as a full species. The proposed English name is "Cape Gull".

Cape Gulls breed in Namibia and South Africa; there are large colonies between Cape Cross and the islands in Algoa Bay, with occasional nests recorded as far north as Cape Fria and as far east as the Great Fish River. Along the west coast, nonbreeding birds occur north to Luanda, Angola, and along the east coast as far as the Limpopo River mouth in Mozambique. Apart from around the Greater Cape Town area, Cape Gulls seldom occur more than a few kilometres inland.

The population of the Cape Gull is constantly increasing. With an estimated 11 000 pairs, the Cape Gull population is not regarded as threatened. The main factor in the increase in Cape Gull populations has been human subsidies: large numbers take discards of fish behind trawlers and at fish processing factories; even larger numbers occur at rubbish tips, where they feed on discarded food. For example, the rubbish dump near the Strandfontein Sewage Works on the Cape Flats where this picture was taken, regular supports more than 1000 Cape Gulls, the largest known concentration of the species outside a breeding colony.

Cape Gulls are aggressive predators on the offshore islands. They take every conceivable opportunity to rob African Penguins, Cape Gannets Morus capensis, cormorants, terns and Hartlaub's Gulls L. hartlaubii of their eggs and small nestlings.

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Bonjour Peter,
L'arrière-plan urbanisé m'interpelle pour une publication ayant trait à la vie sauvage mais cela n'enlève à la qualité de ta photographie valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle lumière et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Peter,

Splendid composition of this fine Cape Gull Peter, nice exposure/white balance with good detail in the light colours, nice and sharp with a catch-lighted eye, super shot and well done,
Best regards,


Hello Peter a beautiful image full of color and light. very interesting subject that you have reade. Greetings, Paolo

hello Peter
Super picture with great sharpness and good details
the colours are very good naturel
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-02 14:30]

Hi Peter,a very nice pic and a great quality of sharpness and colors,very impressive plums details and a modern scenary in background.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Peter,
Once again a fantastic image from you. Excellent sharp detail of the plumage. Very well done my friend and thanks for sharing.

Hello Peter,
Good composition of focus, feather detail and colours. Love the glint in the eye.

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